Tom Downs graduated from Texas Tech University in 1972 and began his study of Martial Arts that year.He has owned and operated Texas Karate Institute of Lubbock since 1984, he holds an eighth degree Black Belt ranking and was inducted into the Texas Martial Arts Hall of fame in 2000. He has published articles for martial arts magazines and local newspapers. His novel PATHWAYS, combines his passion for the martial arts, crisp writing style and love for the Science Fiction genre. The novel is the first of a trilogy.
A grad student investigating Australian Aboriginal shamanism is thrust into a conflict between twin brothers that spans the beginning and end of the Universe. The epic struggle ranges from the water world Oolatha to the fringe of the galaxy with the fate of reality in the balance.